Top 10 Quotes on Running a Business

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Business owners live in a world of risk and reward that can come with some of the greatest victories and the toughest defeats. If you’re an entrepreneur looking for a little mid-week encouragement to help keep you balanced, determined and on track for success, take a look at Weed Man’s Top 10 Quotes on Running a Business.

“There’s no luck in business. There’s only drive, determination, and more drive.”  – Sophie Kinsella

“The purpose of business is to create and keep a customer.” – Peter F. Drucker

“The common question that gets asked in business is, ‘why?’ That’s a good question, but an equally valid question is, ‘why not?’” – Jeff Bezos

“In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.” – Harold S. Geneen

“If you don’t drive your business, you will be driven out of business.” – B. C. Forbes

“Whenever an individual or a business decides that success has been attained, progress stops.” – Thomas J. Watson

“Profit in business comes from repeat customers, customers that boast about your project or service, and that bring friends with them.” – W. Edwards Deming

“No employer today is independent of those about him. He cannot succeed alone, no matter how great his ability or capital. Business today is more than ever a question of cooperation.” – Orison Swett Marden

“Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.” – Andy Warhol

“Success or failure in business is caused more by the mental attitude even than by mental capacities.” – Walter Scott

Whether you’re an entrepreneur looking for an affordable investment, a business owner looking to diversify, or simply eager to become your own boss, Weed Man can help you achieve your career aspirations. We’ve got the systems, training, and years of expertise needed to set you up for success.

Visit us online at www.weedmanfranchise.com or call 1-888-321-9333 today for your free consultation.

New Business Checklist

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Congratulations on becoming a bonafide entrepreneur! As you venture into this new and exciting chapter of your life, it is important to take a moment to gauge your level of preparedness. In the chaos leading up to your grand opening, the last thing you want to do is miss a crucial deadline or lack the essential materials needed to get your business up and running.

To help you assess whether or not you’re ready to get started, Weed Man has put together an easy-to-follow checklist with several important “to dos”. Take a look!

New Business Checklist:

  • Create an in-depth business plan
  • Choose a company name
  • Incorporate/Register (Corporation, LLC, DBA)
  • Ensure your finances are in order and that you have the cash flow needed to get started. Apply for loans if needed.
  • Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • Set up a business bank account
  • Apply for any necessary business licenses or permits
  • Get your website live
  • Rent office or retail space (if required)
  • Hire staff
  • Secure insurance coverage
  • Ensure you have suppliers in order (if required)
  • Have marketing materials (business cards, brochures, etc.) on hand
  • Secure the support of your family

There is so much to remember when getting your new business off the ground, but starting with the basics above can help keep you on track and organized without becoming overwhelmed.

If you’re an entrepreneur at heart but aren’t ready to go it alone, consider investing in a Weed Man franchise. Franchise ownership allows you to run your own business with the added benefits of expert support and proven systems along the way.

Visit www.weedmanfranchise.com or call 1-888-321-9333 for more information.

Five Tips for Running a Successful Family Business

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For many Americans, running a family business is the ultimate dream. What’s not to like about spending extra time with loved ones, working toward collective personal and financial goals, and getting to be your true self – all while watching your family’s dream flourish?

But family businesses aren’t always sunshine and rainbows. Rivalries, hurt feelings, and differing opinions on how the business should be run can cause family-led companies to crumble and relationships to become strained. So how can families avoid these hurdles and achieve business success? All it takes is sticking to some basic principles:

  1. Communicate. When you’re involved in a family business, it’s all too easy to fall into a vicious cycle of assuming that your family members know you better than anyone and should therefore understand exactly what you want. This often leads to frustration and disappointment when delivery comes up short – which it will. Bolster communication within your family business by holding regular meetings where active discussion is encouraged. If there isn’t an ongoing conversation about what needs to be done and all of the what/where/when/why/who/how behind it, then your business simply won’t be able to be at its absolute best. Tip: when you speak to a family member, pretend you’re speaking to a non-family business partner. This will ensure open and clear communication among all parties.
  1. Use Constructive Criticism. Harsh criticisms can lead to bruised egos and low morale. Instead of putting family members down when their performance isn’t up to snuff, try offering constructive, helpful advice.
  1. Treat Employees Equally. Many family-led companies have several non-family employees involved in the business. In order to avoid discord among the masses, treat all employees equally. It will only breed jealousy and resentment if you make concessions for your family members but not for your other employees (or vice versa!).
  1. Leave it at the Office. Although it can sometimes feel impossible not to talk shop around the dinner table, try your best to leave everyday stresses at the office. Set aside time with your family members for fun activities like sporting events, meals out, and holiday get togethers. This will help you maintain a healthy work-life balance, all while strengthening your family’s bond both inside and outside of the workplace.
  1. Prioritize. Keep in mind that family relationships are always more important than business disputes. Don’t allow a difference in opinions to spark a bitter rivalry between members of your family. Sometimes it helps to take a “just let it go” approach and realize that in that particular battle, there can’t be – or won’t be – a winner. Dragging disagreements on and on will only cause injury to your personal relationships with the people you love most.

Want more insight from one of Weed Man’s own?

Chase Hillenmeyer recently spoke with Franchise Business Review about running a five-generation family landscaping business and multiple Weed Man franchises with his father and brother. Find out how they make it work by clicking HERE.

 

The Top 5 Ways to Get Customers to Love Your Business

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Building relationships with customers is a fundamental aspect of being a business owner – quite simply, you can’t run a business without clients. But what does it take to retain customers and build brand loyalty? Let’s take a look at the top 5 ways to get customers to love your business:

  1. Be Honest. All too often, business owners promise their customers the world and aren’t able to deliver when push comes to shove. If you’re looking to build lasting relationships based upon a culture of trust, then don’t make promises you can’t – or don’t intend to – keep. Foster a culture of honesty within your business by keeping communication clear, concise, and, above all, truthful.
  1. Listen to What Your Customers Have to Say…and Respond! While it is true that the majority of individuals only speak out when they’re unhappy, don’t let this deter you from listening to valuable feedback. If you’re confronted by an unhappy customer – whether through an online review site, via email, or on the phone – always be sure to listen and respond. Avoid becoming aggressive or confrontational. Often, a simple apology will do the trick and can convince an angry customer on the verge of severing ties with your business to stay with you for the long haul.
  1. Customer Service, Customer Service, Customer Service. Should we repeat that one more time? Nothing will help you improve retention more than enhancing the service you provide to customers. There really isn’t much that makes people happier than top-of-the-line support – especially in a day and age where it has become such a rarity. The key, however, is delivering the best service not just once, but time and time again. If you truly want to impress your customers and keep them with you for years to come, then you must consistently train your frontline staff to be friendly, enthusiastic representatives of your business.
  1. Say Thanks. If you have customers who have been with you for an extended period of time, don’t forget to say thanks! A small discount, priority booking, or extra reward points can go a long way. You want to show your clients that they are more than just a number and that you appreciate their patronage.
  1. Rise Above the Competition. Customers have many choices when purchasing a product or service. What makes you different? What makes you better? Don’t strive to be just another brand in today’s competitive market. Embrace your differences and make them public. If you offer a superior product, tell the world! If you offer a tool to make customers’ lives easier, communicate this to them each and every chance you get.

Getting customers to love your business isn’t as difficult as you may think. Sometimes all it takes is honesty, open communication, and tried and true customer service.

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